Certificates allow you to complete a specific group of university courses (for credit) as either part of your degree studies or separately.
As a technical and professional communicator, your job is to turn complex ideas into plain language that’s accessible for a general audience. The skills you learn will be incredibly valuable for whatever career path you choose.
You’ll find the Certificate in Technical & Professional Communication ideal for complementing your liberal arts studies or as a next step for switching careers or moving into management. If you have a technical background, the certificate will broaden your skills and work opportunities.
You’ll be prepared to write and edit web pages, instructions and proposals, and to analyze communication needs. Through your courses, you’ll learn to plan and edit technical reports and oversee the preparation of illustrations, images, diagrams and charts. You’ll also hone your digital storytelling skills by using relevant software to edit audio and video files.
The certificate can be taken as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree or on its own. Because the program is offered on a part-time basis over two years and all courses are taught in the evening, you’ll be able to balance work while completing the program.
The following 18 credits are required:
- 12 credits in professional writing and documentation as follows:
- GL/TRAN 3310 3.00
- GL/TRAN 4310 3.00
- GL/TRAN 4320 3.00
- GL/TRAN 4330 3.00
- 6 credits in information technology from the following: GL/COMS 2200 3.00 and GL/COMS 2205 3.00 (recommended) or the equivalent as approved by the program coordinator.
In order to receive the certificate, students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ in each course.
In addition to the course requirements, there is a final comprehensive examination.
How to apply
Students currently enrolled at York University should apply directly to the Program through the School of Translation at Glendon College as they will need to be admitted to the courses to be able to enrol.
All other applicants should apply through York University’s Office of Admissions.
Throughout this certificate, you’ll find a curriculum that offers an in-depth and balanced approach to Technical & Professional Communication, with courses on topics such as information technology, documentation, and techniques in business and technical writing.
Other Program Details
We want to recognize your academic success and commitment to excellence in the Technical & Professional Communication certificate. Not just a financial boost, awards and scholarships are a great way to show your hard work on your resumé and university transcript. Check out the available awards, which include Technical and Professional Communication Certificate Prize.
Join Our Student Association
The Glendon Communications Student Association, or GLCSA, offers opportunities to meet your classmates, learn new skills and get peer support.